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1. Be a feather-feet driver

By respecting speed limits you’re not only avoiding a ticket and demerit points, but you’re also doing your part to help make roads safer for everyone. Pay attention to the speed limit signs and get into the habit of slowing down when you make turns to have better control of your car.

2. Keep your eyes on the road

Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of car accidents. To stay safe, don't fiddle with your car's touchscreen, and don't eat or use your cellphone when you're driving.

3. Stay Zen

Give yourself enough time to get where you’re going—you won’t have to worry about arriving late and there will be less temptation to exceed the limit. This will reduce the risk of accidents and help you cut down on hard breaking and fast acceleration, which in turn saves you gas.

4. Keep your distance

From other cars

Drive defensively and be aware of the other cars on the road. Always keep a safe distance between you and the vehicle in front of you. This gives you more time to react, so you won’t have to brake suddenly.

From heavy vehicles

Heavy vehicles have longer braking distances and wider blind spots than passenger vehicles. If there’s a heavy vehicle behind you, put your turn signal on well in advance and leave extra space for the driver to brake safely.

5. Share the road

Pay attention to pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists, and be respectful towards them. You should always be courteous.

Yield to pedestrians

Look out for crosswalks and stop as soon as you see a pedestrian step into a crosswalk or if they look like they’re about to cross.

Follow the right-of-way rules at intersections

Stay alert when approaching an intersection. Stop your vehicle before the stop line and give priority to pedestrians and cyclists.

Take advantage of your good driving habits

Car insurers are keen to reward good driving behaviours. Telematics programs such as our Ajusto® program offer you a more personalized premium, meaning that your good driving could save you money.

File a claim after a car accident

If you’re insured with us, you can file your auto claim online at any time or call us to speak to a claims advisor at 1-888-776-8343.

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5 good driving habits to prevent car accidents

Avoiding accidents, or at least reducing the risk of getting into one, is possible if you adopt good road behaviours. Here are 5 driving habits that will enable you to drive safely.

These tips are provided for information and prevention purposes only. They are general in nature, and Desjardins Insurance cannot be held liable for them. We recommend using caution and consulting an expert for comprehensive, tailored advice.

In Quebec, Desjardins Insurance refers to Desjardins General Insurance Inc. In Ontario and Alberta, Desjardins Insurance refers to Certas Direct Insurance Company, underwriter of automobile and property insurance.

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